Real and Barcelona turn focus to staying perfect in La Liga

Tyler Owen
September 3, 2018

"We have to keep working, though", added the 32-year-old, who was announced as the victor of the prize after Thursday's draw in Monaco for this season's Champions League group stage.

Ronaldo, who did not attend Thursday's ceremony, won the award for best forward in last season's Champions League, Madrid completing a clean sweep with Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos also honoured.

United also drew Valencia and Swiss side Young Boys in the group stage and Mourinho explained it will be a hard group for his side to progress from. In the Group E, Bayern Munich will be challenged by Benfica, Ajax and AEK Athens.

Tottenham have been drawn in a tough group to face Barcelona, while last season's runners-up Liverpool face Paris St-Germain and Napoli.

PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan, beaten by Spurs in the 2013 Europa League last 16, are the other opponents in Group B.

"Inter are back in the Champions League and they'll be desperate to do well".

Speaking after United 2-0 win at Burnley, Mourinho said: "Juventus is one of the teams in Europe that invested to win the Champions League because they don't need to invest to win the Scudetto".

Pep Guardiola's side were dumped out by Liverpool, who finished 25 points behind them as they romped to the domestic title, in the quarter-finals and director of football Txiki Begiristain says they are determined to do better this season.

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The trio are in Group C with Red Star Belgrade, European Cup winners in 1991 and making their debut in the group stage.

Juventus has made it clear that they are pursuing a Champions League trophy above all else this year and will be expecting to win their group.

Atletico Madrid, whose Metropolitano stadium hosts the final on June 1, are grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge in Group A.

Reacting to the draw, Mourinho told the club's official website: "Difficult for us, hard for them [the other teams]".

Barça's coach, Ernesto Valverde, has spoken about his side's rivals in the group stages and called it "the most complicated group" he could've expected.

Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca said: "I think we should consider Manchester City the favourites for our group".

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray.

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